from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • v. Obsolete A past participle of sink.
  • adj. Depressed, fallen in, or hollowed: sunken cheeks.
  • adj. Situated beneath the surface of the water or ground; submerged: a sunken reef.
  • adj. Below a surrounding level: a sunken meadow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Past participle of sink
  • adj. caused, by natural or unnatural means, to be submerged

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Lying on the bottom of a river or other water; sunk.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Sunk, in any sense.
  • Situated below the general surface; below the surface, as of the sea: as, a sunken rock.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. having a sunken area


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  • You may be aware of the recent civil war in sunken R'lyeh.

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  • That afternoon the Regiment moved up a little closer to the line and was distributed in sunken roads, chalk cliffs, etc., throughout the vicinity of Roisel.

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  • The ensuing intrigues waft the heroine about the world to her destiny in sunken R’lyeh while revealing that the universe is a strange amalgam of illusions.

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  • Our lines were all in order, and a new hook had been put on mine, as on the last excursion the old one had caught in what the boys call a "blind eel," that is, a sunken log, -- and there it probably remains to this day.

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  • He recalled the sunken room and the fountain with those wonderful figures modelled after Meredith.

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  • "Not what you could call sunken," said the captain, driven to bay.

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  • Men do not realise that they look very different when lying in bed with a fortnight's growth of beard to when shaven and spruce, as is their ordinary habit: while women, when smartly dressed with fashionable hats and flimsy veils, are very different to when, in illness, they lie with hair unbound, faces pinched and eyes sunken, which is the only recollection their doctor has of them.

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